Thirteen is a numeral.

- Numeral means relating to numbers.
An example of numeral used as an adjective is in the phrase "numeral equation" which means an equation that has numbers in it.

- The definition of a numeral is a figure or letter that represents a number.
An example of a numeral is 13.

## numeral

of, expressing, or denoting a number or numbers

Origin of numeral

Late Latin*numeralis*; from Classical Latin

*numerus*, number

- a figure or letter, or a group of figures or letters, expressing a number
- Historical a cloth representation of the graduation year of one's class, awarded for participation in sports or other activities

## numeral

noun

A symbol or mark used to represent a number.

adjective

Of, relating to, or representing numbers.

Origin of numeral

From Middle English,*of number*, from Late Latin

*numeralis*, from Latin

*numerus*,

*number*; see

**number**.

*Related Forms:*

**nu′mer·al·ly**adverb

## numeral

Noun

(*plural* numerals)

- A symbol that is not a word and represents a number, such as the Arabic numerals 1, 2, 3 and the Roman numerals I, V, X, L.
- (linguistics) A word or symbol representing a number.
*The word “fifteen", the Arabic numeral “15", and the Roman numeral “XV" are all numerals representing the number fifteen.*

- (card games) A card whose rank is a number (usually including the ace as 1).
*Jacks, queens, and kings are not numerals.*

Origin

From Middle French *numeral*, from Latin *numerÄlis* (“pertaining to a number"), from *numerus* (“a number").